The technical workers at the Boeing Co.’s Northwest facilities have voted to approve a new four-year contract, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 announced Monday night.
Last month, the technical workers narrowly voted to reject the tentative contract, while the professional workers unit of engineers approved their contract. This latest vote, said SPEEA, was on the same pact that the technical workers previously rejected.
SPEEA and Boeing started negotiations last April. Technical workers have been without a contract since Nov. 25. While engineers and technical workers bargain at the same time, the contracts are separate and independent agreements.
The 15,750 engineers (aerospace, electrical and other fields) and 7,350 technical workers (designers, technical writers, planners and others) work on plans for new planes and solve problems that arise on the factory floor. The assembly of the planes is performed by members of the Machinists (IAM), who agreed to a four-year contract in 2011.